Let’s face it: gardening can be hard and tiresome work. While we all love beautiful flowers and delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables, it’s sometimes too difficult to get down on our hands and knees and take care of those plants! While they won’t take all the hard work out of gardening, here are 22 ideas to help make it a little easier!
Plants love coffee almost as much as humans; add some coffee grounds to your soil to give the plants nutrients that they want. You can get coffee grounds from lots of different coffee shops.
If it’s too late for your tools and they’re already stiff, just apply a little car wax to get them good again! Car wax helps loosen the joints and helps the blades glide easier.
Rusty and rickety tools are the worst! With a little preparation beforehand, you can store them in builder’s sand to keep your tools from rusting. Plus, you can even use it as a decoration if you really wanted!
Place a coffee filter at the bottom of your pots to keep the soil from draining out the drainage holes with the water. It both saves soil and keeps the area around your plants clean!
Raised Garden Bed
This is easiest to implement if you’re just starting your garden, but it’s still a great addition to have. A raised garden bed not only is easier on your back but it also facilitates drainage and can be effective in keeping pesky animals out of your garden.
Kitchen scraps can be used for all sorts of things in your garden! You can mix them up in compost to make the soil more nutrient-rich or you can keep the seeds from fruits and vegetables to get your own starters. No matter what you do, there’s always a better use than just throwing them away!
Test Old Seeds
Nothing is worse than planting seeds only to never see anything come of it. If you have a pack of olds seeds and want to know if they’re still good without using precious garden space, just place them on a wet paper towel. If sprouts start coming out of them, then they’re good and you can plant them in the garden!
Save money and the environment by creating your own rain barrel to collect water for your garden. Very little effort is required and it is definitely worth the time and money you’ll put into it.
There’s nothing worse than seeing all your hard work be destroyed by annoying animals or pesky pets. To keep all kinds of curious critters out, put plastic forks in the ground throughout your garden. It’s a cheap and effective way to keep your whole garden safe.
A normal-sized greenhouse is quite expensive and time-consuming, but with some creativity, you can still make your own mini version! Just take a two-liter bottle, cut the top off, and put it around your seedling to make a great environment for growth!
Whether you’re going out of town or are just lazy, here’s the perfect tip for you! Take a paper towel and tightly roll it up, putting one end in a cup of water and the rest in the garden or pot. Although this doesn’t work for a large garden, it will keep the area well hydrated while you’re gone!
Fertilize with Vegetable Water
It’s like the circle of life: Cook the vegetables you grow and use the vegetable water in your cooking to fertilize your garden! Vegetable water has tons of nutrients that plants love to get. Pour, grow, eat, repeat!
Homemade Watering Can
Instead of running from store to store to find the “perfect” can, just make your own! Poke a few small holes in the lid of any container and you’ve got one custom made to your liking! Milk jug works best, but anything with a handle will do the job.
Diapers are already useful enough, but they just got even handier! Put a diaper at the bottom of a pot or plant basket underneath the soil to retain water. This is a great way to conserve water and keep your plants as healthy as possible!
No one likes having to landscape their whole garden all over again when the seasons begin to change. With a little bit of foresight, all you’ll need to do is pull one pot out and add another. Put a can or container in the ground (with enough cut out to provide sufficient drainage and growth), and then simply put your plants in a pot in the can. When the weather changes, just pull the pot out of the container, switch plants, and keep the “off season” plants inside!
Who would have thought that lemon rinds could be a great way to start a seedling? All you need to do is poke a hole in the bottom for drainage, add a little bit of soil, plant one or two seeds in it, and you’ve got yourself a homemade starting tray!
If you’re not a citrus fan and don’t have any lemon rinds sitting around, hopefully you’re a yogurt lover! Follow the same steps with the lemon rind and get the most out of the things you used to throw away!
For a more natural looking trellis than just straight metal, make your own out of bamboo poles and zip ties. A homemade trellis is not only cheaper, but can make your garden even more appealing to the eye!
Seed Tape Toilet Paper
Seed tape is an awesome way to quickly and easily plant tons of seeds without having to worry about spacing and placement. However, it can often be much more expensive than just buying a pack of seeds. By using a roll of toilet paper as your own seed tape, you save both time and money when it comes time to plant!
Toilet Paper Rolls
Once you’ve gone through all your toilet paper seed tape, don’t just throw away the empty roll! With a little creativity, you can quickly turn it into a biodegradable flowerpot that can be put straight into the ground!
Just Add Baking Soda!
From the kitchen to the garden, baking soda can be used in a number of concoctions to give you what you what. Baking soda can be used to make fungicide, weed killer, grub killer, and so many more types of gardening tools.
It seems like eggs have a million and one uses, and gardening is no exception. Blend some of your old eggshells up to create a fine powder that you can sprinkle into your soil to give it a calcium boost.